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Workshop, bike tour part of Bike Plan update

Area cyclists will have a chance to take part in an interactive workshop and take bike tour of the city as Evanston officials discuss efforts to update the city’s bike plan at a meeting scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Officials have called the meeting for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the auditorium of Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave.

All are welcome to attend.

T.Y. Lin International, the consulting firm working with the city on the project, will present maps and information for the public to respond to.

The bike tour is to follow from noon until 3 p.m. To join the tour, participants must register in advance on the city’s website, cityofevanston.org, attend the morning workshop, supply their own bicycle and wear their own bicycle helmet.

The updated plan will guide planning, development, education, awareness, and management of existing and future bicycle infrastructure improvements and multi-modal connections within the city. The plan will identify existing barriers, potential future bike infrastructure opportunities, as well as upgrades or improvements to existing routes, lanes, and paths, including signage.

It will utilize the most current bicycle travel research, lessons learned, and best practices for mobility, safety, education, parking, and storage to encourage all bicycle travel including commuter bicycle travel to and from transit facilities, employment centers, shopping centers, recreational areas, and learning institutions using the existing street and parks network.

Improving connectivity to the adjacent communities of Chicago, Skokie, and Wilmette will be considered in an effort to enhance overall bicycle mobility and accessibility.

City officials, representatives of the local biking community, police, Active Transportation Allinace, which promotes bike commuting, and are others are expected to attend.

Those unable to attend the workshop are invited to submit their comments online at the Bike Survey and/or by calling 847-448-4311.

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